When it comes to your oral health, it is all about keeping your teeth in great shape. And seeing an expert when needed. Unfortunately, a lot of people forgo routine oral health and care. So they find that their teeth just aren’t in the shape that they need or want them to be. If you have always wanted a straight and beautiful smile, you first need to care for the teeth. But you may also want to consider having orthodontics done for your own benefit.
What are temporary anchorage devices (TAD’s)? Having crooked teeth is something that affects someone’s confidence especially when it comes to social situations. Earlier, such kind of teeth was fixed using bite blocks, high-pull headgear, elastics, and functional appliances. When someone had serious cases of crooked teeth, it was fixed through surgery. TAD’s or Temporary Anchorage Devices are now available in place of the earlier treatment methods. Instead of going for surgery, these minimally invasive implants are used, but not all TADs can correct all cases. There are situations where surgery is the only option.
A common problem we see every day at Papandreas Orthodontics is crowding of teeth. This problem is often accompanied by protruding or “buck teeth”. Crowding can give the appearance the teeth are oversized or too big for the size of the jaws. However, this is not always correct. Often, it is not a tooth problem, but because the size of the jaws is too small or narrow to accommodate the teeth.
Throughout the years, orthodontists have approached this issue in different ways. In the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s, the most common practice was to remove permanent teeth to make room. Dr. Samuel Papandreas recognizes that tooth extractions may not be necessary with many crowded jaw situations. The removal of permanent teeth may result in a lack of lip support or reduction of a patient’s profile. While the reduced profile may be acceptable in younger years, the reduction becomes more pronounced with the aging process and less flattering as they grow older. For this reason, correct treatment diagnosis when considering tooth removals is critical to the outcome of a good long term result.
Due to these aesthetic considerations, extensive research, and technological advancements in the field of orthodontics, many orthodontists have altered their view on how best to deal with crowded situations. Today, a non-extraction therapy is preferred rather than extracting permanent teeth in most treatment plans for children and adolescents. Instead, the treatment focus is on encouraging jaw growth to properly house all the teeth and is most successful when children and adolescents are still growing and developing.
This type of treatment usually is based on the use of specialized appliances and newly designed braces which can move teeth further and faster than traditional braces of old. Successful non-extraction therapy results in a more pleasing long-term facial balance and improved bites. It is recommended that children be checked out by an orthodontist by age 7 or 8 to find out if they are a candidate for this type of treatment.
For more information contact our office for a complimentary orthodontic consultation. Dr. Papandreas and the Papandreas Orthodontics Team will be happy to help you determine if your child would benefit from this type of orthodontic treatment.
3511 Center Road, Suite B
Brunswick, OH 44212
Are Teeth or Jaws the Problem When Teeth are Crowded?
Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that involves the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. An orthodontist is highly-skilled at using various techniques to bring teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment.
Correcting bites, occlusion, and crooked teeth is orthodontist Samuel Papandreas‘ specialty. As an Elite Preferred Invisalign Provider, Dr. Papandreas’ mission is to provide superior speciality Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics for each one of his patients within a nurturing setting.
But you may hate the idea of wearing bulky-looking metal braces! Choosing Invisalign is a great solution if this your concern. Not only are these teeth appliances virtually undetectable, they’re also removable. As a result, you can eat and drink as well as brush and floss at leisure during treatment.
Dr. Papandreas also offers iBraces, which are installed behind your teeth and away from onlookers’ view. Each patient’s iBraces are 100% customizable, which results in effective, efficient tooth movement. iBraces are ideal for athletes who play contact sports, adult professionals, musicians who play wind instruments, or individuals concerned about the effect braces would have on the front of their teeth.
Making a Decision
Choosing the right orthodontist is an important decision. The Papandreas Orthodontics website is designed to make this decision easier. We encourage you to browse our online office to find the right treatment method for you. Take a few minutes to read our patients’ testimonials, and read about our philosophy, state-of-the-art services and expert staff. We can schedule a free orthodontic consultation to:
• Diagnose your dental issue(s)
• Explain your treatment options and answer your questions
• Empower you to successfully reach your goals once a treatment option is chosen
Dr. Papandreas falls within the top 1 percent of Invisalign providers in North America, for expertise and experience. His practice offers braces and Invisalign for kids, teens and adults in the North Royalton and Brunswick, OH area including Brecksville, Broadview Heights, Brunswick, Independence, Middleburg Heights, Parma Heights, Parma, and Strongsville.
North Royalton, OH 44133
Brunswick, OH 44212
What’s the Difference Between an Orthodontist and a Dentist?
Many people get excited about having orthodontic braces because it means that they are soon going to have a straight and beautiful smile. However, when the date for removing the braces passes, there is a reason to be cautious. The following are some of the main reasons why your orthodontic braces are still on:
The Treatment Plan
Your orthodontist will examine your jaw and teeth to make an accurate diagnosis and come up with an effective treatment plan. Depending on your orthodontist’s treatment plan, your brace removal might take a longer period to get the desired results. Your treatment plan could also be lengthened because of:
• Problems that your orthodontist encountered when examining you
• Problems that came up and had to be rectified after your treatment plan was determined
• A change in your treatment plan
• Orthodontist appointments that were made far apart because of rescheduling conflicts
Your Commitment to the Treatment Plan
You have control over your treatment plan and have a certain amount of influence on how long your braces remain on. For instance, if your wisdom teeth have not emerged or you have a set of wisdom teeth growing, failing to remove them in time will cause your teeth to be moved about. This will delay your treatment and keep your braces on for a long time.
Visiting your orthodontist on a regular basis will help you avoid any complications with your treatment plan. You should make sure you do not miss appointments. The following are some of the things that you should do to ensure your treatment plan is still on schedule:
• Adhere to appointment dates
• Reschedule appointments while your orthodontist has an appointment time that is near your last appointment
• Arrive on time for your appointments to give your orthodontist sufficient time to attend to you
• Complete all the required procedures like restorations or extractions in time to prevent complications
• Stick to your orthodontist’s guidelines on the use of aligners, rubber bands and oral hygiene.
Your Body’s Response to Treatment
Your body’s response to the treatment will influence the amount of time you have your braces on. Your orthodontist cannot be able to accurately anticipate how you will react to treatment. The only thing your orthodontist can approximate is the duration of your treatment based on the time it takes most patients to react to the same form of treatment.
For example, TMJ problems that arise due to arthritis can slow down orthodontic treatment. Other conditions such as ankylosis usually prevent some of your teeth from moving and may be the reason to prolong your treatment.
There are both factors that can be controlled and those that cannot be controlled when you are going through orthodontic treatment. The best you can do to reduce the time you have your braces on is to consult an experienced orthodontist with state-of-the-art orthodontic appliances and modern treatment methods. You should also stick to the treatment plan to ensure you do not wear your braces longer than required. To remain updated with your treatment plan, schedule an appointment with Dr. Sam Papandreas in the North Royalton, Brunswick, Medina or Strongsville areas.
14200 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
Three Reasons Your Orthodontic Braces Are Still On
Quality Orthodontic Care
Since the smile quote that a kind heart can make everyone smile is indeed true, it’s important to make sure your teeth look straight, neat and healthy every time you open your mouth. If you’re searching for reputable Brunswick and North Royalton orthodontic treatment for your child, or for you, there’s no better choice around than Papandreas Orthodontics, a practice that’s headed by Dr. Samuel Papandreas.
Our practice caters to a variety of orthodontic needs. We correct issues with teeth spacing, to start with. We also manage overbites, underbites, open bites, excessive crowding of the teeth and lost lateral incisors. Some of the treatment options we offer include traditional braces, Invisalign and retainers. Non-braces treatment options are also available here at Papandreas Orthodontics. Assistance with tooth alignment issues doesn’t always have to involve the use of braces. Some young patients receive non-braces treatment for problems that relate to permanent teeth crowding, for example.
When you’re searching for orthodontic treatment in the Brunswick and North Royalton areas, our practice will never disappoint you. Dr. Papandreas, first and foremost, is a highly experienced and knowledgeable orthodontic professional who received his DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree from Loyola University, Chicago. He was the valedictorian of his class. Apart from Dr. Papandreas, the rest of the staff at our practice are also extremely professional, helpful, welcoming and courteous. You’ll feel right at home as soon as you walk into our office. Our staff includes both senior new patient coordinator Betsy, and clinic coordinator Kristine. Both of these professionals always go out of their way to make things convenient and pleasant for all of our patients.
Call Papandreas Orthodontics Today
14200 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
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Papandreas Orthodontics would like to share with you a few fun facts offered by the American Association of Orthodontists ( AAO ) we think will be of interest.
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